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The Best Hire: How to Know When You Should Hire Externally

Posted by Dylan Rivera on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 11:00 AM
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Looking to fill an open position is so much more than closing a vacant role. Vacant positions open the window of opportunity for the role and company alike. The main factor to keep in mind when searching through candidates is how the new hire will benefit or improve the current business. Here are a few suggestions to consider when deciding to outsource for your emloyment needs.

Different Skill-sets

  • A great way to change the flow of operations around the department is hiring an individual with a new set of skills. The job market is like the ocean; in the sense that it’s filled with tons of fish, each containing their own unique features, and you don’t really know what's out there till you lower your fishing rod and wait for the pull. Every person in the workforce is fully equipped with their own distinct set of skills that pertain to a certain niche. It’s simple, discover areas for improvement throughout the company and recruit professionals that specialize in those particular fields. By bringing in a new set of tools, you will be able to integrate them throughout the entire office. Current employees will have the opportunity to learn new things and collaborate on unfamiliar topics that wouldn't have been possible without the new acquisition.


Competition on the Rise

  • As we all know, in this competitive market, the only way to survive in the industry is to adapt and evolve. If your business is falling behind the competition, there's two things to consider: Why your competition is getting ahead and What you can add or improve to get the lead. Hiring some fresh blood that has experience in particular fields, providing insight learned from previous jobs or education may be the right amount of spice to increase productivity over competitors and get ahead in the market.



  • There’s no better time to look for outside candidates then when you’re looking to expand the company. Expanding an organization will mostly require outside sourcing, especially recruiting new staff to run day-to-day operations. If you’re expanding internationally, then it is highly recommended to hire applicants that live locally. Having a local employee can become one of your greatest assets, simply due to the fact that they have a greater awareness of what and what not to do. When you’re expanding your business, don’t forget to also expand your resources.


New Perspectives

  • As stated above, when your company needs to brush things up or possibly take a new direction, hiring externally could be a major key. A person’s perspective is what shapes and creates their ideas with the potential to evolve into something greater. All of our surroundings (Race, Income, Education, Etc.) frame our perspectives, creating a wide-range of unique angles. A business can utilize these different perspective for identifying unforeseen problems and creating efficient solutions. A competing company can never have enough perspectives.


Corporate Turnarounds

  • In the case of an acquirement or change in management, it’s not uncommon for a business to change their strategies or practices. However, hiring externally can help smooth over this process. Implementing new practices isn't the easiest shift in the workforce, especially for long-time employees. By creating a team through outsourcing, the new employees will be only accustomed to new business practices further helping implement them into the culture. The external hires will also be able to help ease current employees into the transition.



  • As we’ve all heard, the greatest investment is to invest in yourself. It goes the same for businesses and consumers. By going to college and earning a degree, you are choosing to invest in yourself and your future. A business may also choose to invest in themselves by purchasing new equipment, or recruiting new team members. If you're company has the appropriate training and financial resources, then it is highly recommended that you outsource and hire externally. You'll be able to build your star employee from the ground up.   

Positives and negatives surround the hiring process. If you're looking to fill an open position, consider all options before deciding to outsource or hire internally. Just remember, the most important variable to keep in mind when filling a vacant position: How will this person benefit the company.


J. Patrick & Associates is an Executive Recruiting firm that focuses on Executive Management, Sales, Marketing and Technical roles within Information Technology markets. We have over 20 years of experience recruiting in every aspect of AV/VTC/UC, Application, Storage, Information/Network Security, Mobile Technologies and Telecommunications.


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